Staff Correspondent DIBRUGARH, May 15 - The condition of National Highway-37, specifically from Borborooah to Chaulkhowa in the district here has perhaps taken a turn for the worst with several potholes and large cracked road surfaces.
Photo: Pores Aind
The deteriorating road has become nearly impossible for commuters to travel safely. As drivers are compelled to dodge their wheels away from potholes in a zigzag fashion, the sight of vehicles swaying from left to right and the contrary is frightening.
The road overbridge constructed near Dibrugarh University as part of the Bogibeel Rail-cum-Road Bridge project, is no less than a death trap. Recently, a school child was killed near the bridge. Potholes apart, the bridge collapsing cannot be ruled out as anyone standing at the centre of the bridge can feel the tremor whenever any heavy vehicle plies.
Nevertheless, it must be recalled that the bridge has been repaired several times earlier. The road overbridge, which several engineers on anonymity say, has construction defect, was handed over to the State PWD in 2014 by the Railways. The bridge was later handed over to the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL).
Local MLA Prasanta Phukan, who has been facing the wrath of the public over the road condition in his constituency, was today seen trying to put in place some of the visible iron rods at different potholes of the bridge for the sake of safety.
While talking to The Assam Tribune, Phukan criticised NHIDCL for neglecting the busiest section of the highly industrialised district. “When NF Railway is willing to dole out a major chunk of the repair cost of the bridge, what is hindering them? They have not repaired other stretches of the highway too despite setting deadlines after deadlines. NHIDCL cannot put the lives of the Assamese people to risk,” said the MLA and demanded that the roads be repaired immediately.
Lately, the deplorable road condition in numerous stretches of NH-37 have hogged media space, but the least the State Government and the PWD along with the NHIDCL could do is just pay lip service.
VK Rajawat, Director of NHIDCL had assured in the first week of November last that the repair works of NH-37 from Nagaon to Dibrugarh would be completed within 15-days, but the condition of the roads have remained the same, if not worse, particularly Dibrugarh town region.